La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 126
Gots: 164 | FT: 3
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PapaEugene on 11-06-2009

In 2009, the Koningshoeven brewery reinstated an age-old tradition: aging La Trappe Quadrupel in oak barrels (also known as ‘barriques’).

This way of aging ale results in a unique, complex flavour, which varies from one type of barrel to another. Quadrupel can be conserved for many years, and is a real treat for true ale enthusiasts. And this is yet another ale that continues to ferment after bottling, while its rich taste and high tannin content are likely to even surprise many a wine drinker!

BATCH 1 (blended on June 1, 2010).
New Oak Heavy Toast - 18.2%
New Medium Acasia - 9.1%
Port Medium Burnt - 36.4%
Port Medium Toast - 36.4%

BATCH 2 (blended on July 26, 2010).
New Medium Oak Toast - 9%
Port Medium Burnt Toast (Amer. Oak) - 64%
Port Medium Burnt Toast (French Oak) - 9%
Port Medium Toast (French Oak) - 18%

BATCH 3 (blended on September 17, 2010).
New Oak Medium Toast - 18%
Port Medium Toast (French Oak) - 55%
La Trappe Q. Medium Toast (French Oak) - 27%

BATCH 4 (blended on 5 November 2010).
New Oak Medium Toast - 27%
Port Medium Toast (French Oak) - 9%
La Trappe Q. Medium Toast (French Oak) - 18%
La Trappe Q. Medium burnt (Amer. Oak) - 36%
New Oak Heavy Toast - 10%

BATCH 5 (blended on January 25, 2011):
New Oak Heavy Toast - 20%
White wine used Oak Heavy Toast - 80%

BATCH 8 (blended in October 2011):
Whiskey - 70%
New Fr. Oak Medium Toast - 30%

BATCH 14 (blended on June 24, 2013).
Acacia Wood - 7%
New Oak Barrels - 11%
Limousine Barrels with Cognac - 82%
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Ratings: 520 | Reviews: 158
Photo of jmasher85
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

God, I wish I knew which batch I tasted! Doesn't matter. I will happily shell out another $20 for this one again. One of the best of the Trappist brews, and not just because I'm a sucker for oak-aged beer. Smells of oak, whiskey, and smoke. Lots of toasty smoke. Rich, and fairly strong, but not too much burn. Oh, and it tasted like a cabernet sauvignon, which is normally not even a wine I enjoy but it manifested itself quite spectacularly here. Complex, lots of tannic texture and fruit flavors that I couldn't even put a finger on, and strong enough to be the one beer you drink for the evening if you want to get tipsy. Seriously, get this for anyone you know who doesn't like beer yet but loves heavy red wines, or for anyone who loves heavy beers for that matter.

Photo of kaiyote
3.39/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #7 (the first of the Whiskey barrel aged batches), Blended in June 2011, consumed in June 2015.

The regular La Trappe Quad is one of my favorites of the style. This was $15 for a 12oz bottle, and was apparently aged entirely in used Whiskey barrels. Poured into a La Trappe chalice, there was absolutely no head on it. Not sure the whiskey barrels did it any favor. I cannot detect any of the flavor of the Quad itself, that having been swamped out by peat and smoke, in both flavor and aroma. The alcohol is well masked, but leaves a pleasant warming sensation on my tongue/throat.

Presented with another chance to purchase a bottle from Batch #7, I'd probably pass it up. However, other batches look more interesting, and the base quad is always pleasant.

Photo of Neorebel
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 3 aged for a few extra years myself. Unbelievable balance and smoothness, almost ethereal. Molasses, plum, and other fruit esters meld beautifully with a grainy earthiness. Soft mouth feel with a barely noticeable alcohol content. Simply sublime!

Photo of stevoj
4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle (Batch 8) at Bitter Creek Alehouse. Plastic cork, difficult to remove, but worth the wait. Silky smooth pour, murky brown body, no head. Aroma of wood, whiskey and pit fruit. Taste follows with a little bit of smoke on top of the oak and fruit. Well blended and well aged. Worth seeking out.

Photo of josanguapo
3.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

From www.elcervecero.es. Watching "Cabin in the woods". Batch 15. Tastes like wine, and I prefer beer. Better the non-oak-aged version

Photo of DIM
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #16 36.5% Brandy, 27% Oloroso, 10% New (med), 10% New (high), 10% Burgundy. Does not add up to 100%? The other 6.5% is? It's a damn shame each batch doesn't have a separate listing as they all seem to be very different blends. Oh well.

Bad first impression, I had to use pliers to get the fake cork out. I hate that.

This was a slightly hazy ruby tinted golden color. It poured with a loudly fizzy, short lived head.

Mmmmmm, Brandy and Sherry are very apparent in the aroma. Light oxidation and some oak-y tannins are also obvious. The neck tag mentions honey and I don't disagree. A bit of the base beer is still discernible in the form of raisins and candy sugar. I had no idea what to expect specifically, but this absolutely smells as good as I hoped it would.

And it tastes even better. The many sweeter elements at work are kept nicely in check by drying oak flavors. Light oxidation rounds things out wonderfully. I can't say that I can pick out the Brandy from the Sherry from the Burgundy, but it is clear foreign spirits have had their way with the base beer. The flavors they impart aren't harsh or abrasive at all, but the exceptional Quad that went into the barrels has become pretty muted.

Gently carbonated, maybe a bit too much so. The body is full and satisfying though.

Overall this was every bit as good as I hoped it would be. It comes with a steep price tag, over a dollar an ounce, but I wouldn't rule out trying a different batch if a particular blend caught my eye.

Photo of dukeandduke
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

3/26/15 (Bottle) - Dark brown/red appearance, non carbonated / no foam. Strong brandy aroma and other sweet aromas. Nice brandy taste with wine, sherry and wine prevalent. Very smooth beer with a very heavy kick. Excellent offering!

Photo of samshaw
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Half-opaque amber-brown, thin tan head, with a few dark undissolved solids hovering mid-glass.

S: Moderate notes of sweetness akin to brown sugar. Brandy is also present, as well as a hint of oak.

T: Medium taste of caramel with moderate chocolate and lighter notes of brandy and sherry. Pleasantly sweet but not overwhelmingly so.

M: Moderately thick for a quadrupel, with light carbonation. Full but not distracting from the flavor.

O: With an appearance that is borderline rustic and a taste that would nicely complement medium-dark caramel chocolate, this "trap" might lure you into paying a high price for another bottle.

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly smooth quad. Tastes wonderful. Batch 16.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #16 here. 12.7 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown color. The head is less than a finger high, and off-white in shade. There isn't much head retention, nor is there a lot of lacing on my glass. (2.75)

Smell: Oh wow, the oak barrel is so buttery and so vivid. I've never really sampled a brandy barrel-aged brew before, but I really like the additional apple notes I'm picking up here. In fact, I pick up everything from all the barrels - brandy, sherry, port, and standard oak. Some of the base quad notes appear after opening up a little (figs, raisins, and cherries). All told, this is a beautifully delicate yet complex brew. (4.5)

Taste: The oak barrel creates a gentle sensation throughout the flavor profile, initially subsumed by the base quad's dark fruit flavors. More dark fruit flavors appear on the finish - mainly port-esque - with subtle touches of toasted oak appearing. I also get some flavors of chocolate, brown sugar, and caramel throughout. It's hard to explain, but this beer is just so mind-bogglingly complex that it's hard for me to explain everything going on here. Let's just say that - like the nose suggested - I can subtly pick up each barrel used in this offering. I get a little brandy, a little sherry, and a little red wine. This is just so big in all the right ways: there's so much going on here, and yet this beer isn't ridiculous or over-the-top. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: It's quite full-bodied and rich...yet the finish is quite dry. Still, despite the dryness, it's very much a slow sipper. There's so much going on in the flavor profile that I don't want to drink this easily. It's a bit boozy, though not particularly bothersome. What surprises me is how low the carbonation is - if it weren't so naturally dry, then it WOULD be bothersome. The fact that it isn't syrupy is a testament to the sheer brewing skill shown off here. (4.25)

Overall: This bottle was worth a LOT of money ($17!) - however, I can safely say that was utterly worth it. The barrel aging adds so much to the base quad without detracting in any facet. In particular, the complexity is wonderful. Trust me, a little bit of this will go a long way. Just plain fantastic. (4.5)

4.27/5: Great base beer, wondrous barrel aging, what's not to love here?

Photo of joeseppy
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 12
Softer pour yields no head. Cloudy burnt umber.

Aroma of mild oak and bourbon. Brown sugar and maple syrup. More dried candied dates than raisins.

Bourbony mild. Brown sugar and dates. Mild oak and substitute vanilla extract.

Short finish. Bubblegum esters linger. Light bodied, flat and clean.

Not much in the way of the bourbon oak cask. I was rooting you bourbon. Cheap rubber/plastic cork provided (which I could barely pull out) for such a highly esteemed brewery. Surprised at how flat this is. A pleasant quaff nonetheless. Very easy drinking. But has this quad fully succeeded the intention. I was expecting more for the money spent but oh well. Overall a ho hum quad and a basic meh!

Photo of georgiaboy8686
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 16
10% ABV

12.7 oz. bottle. Corked and caged. So far, the hardest cork I've had to pry out. I had to use a pair of pliers.

Look: Gentle Pour yielded hardly any head. I'm used to Quads producing a descent amount of head, hence the gentle pour. Lacing remains around the beer after sitting for 20 minutes. When held up to the light, this beer is a medium to light color brown, with quite a bit of sediment. Very foggy. 4.25

Smell: An amazing smelling beer. Tons of vanilla and oak. Dark fruits like figs and raisins are prevalent. I'm also getting a lot of tobacco from the oak. A slight burn in the nose from the 10%. Lovely smelling beer. 4.75

Feel: Slightly thick for a quad, which doesn't bother me a bit. Not much carbonation. 4.5

Overall: It's a great beer. I'm glad I got the opportunity to try it. I will say that the $17.99 I paid for the beer is not something I would be willing to put down again. But I don't regret it. Definitely going to be towards the top of my list of Belgian Quads. 4.5

Photo of zac16125
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

375mL bottle into a chalice
recently purchased so presumably vintage 2014

A: mahogany, murky to the point of being opaque, essentially no head or lacing 3

S: tons of dark fruit, oak, vinous, booze 4.25

T: dark fruit, cocoa, oak, caramel/toffee, pretty sweet 4.25

M/D: massively under-carbonated, flat really, ABV well masked, drinkability is good 2.5

O: clearly a carb issues (presumably batch maybe even bottle specific) hurts overall rating but still delicious 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Batch # 7 is very smokey and peaty which overpowers the beer. When I have a chance to try another batch I will update my review.

Photo of LeeEvolved
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Enjoyed Batch 10 & 16 to date. Batch 10 was fantastic. Lots of oak mellowed the alcohol burn and reminded me of a very well aged Westy 12. Batch 16 still had a significant burn from the higher ABV. Have a few more batches I'm really looking forward to enjoying in the coming months. Worth the higher precise tab.

Photo of e_dawg
1.75/5  rDev -59.2%

This is batch 8. According to the bottle there is "pleasant variation from batch to batch."

Pours a dark red-brown color. No head and not much lacing despite 10% abv.
Smells almost like a whiskey, with oak and muted fruit scents. Some burned toast in there too.
Taste is a smokey beef jerky, finishes with some sweet caramel.

Overall it's not very enjoyable. The smell is quite unique and even attractive, but the beer drinks like liquefied beef jerky. I'm glad I had the chance to try it, but keep in mind that this is not a "better" version of the normal La Trappe. This is a different beer entirely.

I realize my rating may be considered a bit stingy but I am drinking this without any consideration given to the La Trappe label or the high price of this beer. It is afterall still a drink, and unfortunately this one just isn't very good.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly transparent deep red-orange. Lots of bubbles running through it fueling a slowly receding off-white head.

Barrels come through nice with vanilla and some wood and spirit. Warm spiciness, sweet, and fruity.

Warming alcohol, spice, sweet cherry fruitiness, and barrel character.

Carbonation was surprisingly soft. Fairly smooth and creamy. Very nice.

Sip and enjoy.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500 ml cork and cage bottle poured into a tulip.
10% ABV, Batch 12

A - Clear and lighter in color for a quad like it's non-barrel-aged brother yet definitely different in color, this beer is more of a dark mahogany red with nice clarity. The alcohol causes the loose off-white foam to disappear almost immediately leaving little lace behind.

S - Toasted oak and spicy bourbon aromatics waft into the nose, overtaking the beer's otherwise complex-yet-subtle dark fruit nuances and Belgian yeast subtleties but never does it come across as boozy; its rich maltiness carries through with soft sweetness lingering in the background.

T - Despite the time in oak which clearly shines through the rich beer with fruit-complimentary vanilla notes and Belgian yeast-complimentary bourbon spice, the beer still remains much like it normally is. Dark fruit complexity flourishes from the rich and sweet maltiness, trailing off with just a kiss of floral hoppiness.

M - Far "skinnier" than its full-bodied other self, this beer has plenty of alcohol to warm the innards as well as thin out the big and malty feel for a robust but certainly consumable (though high octane) beer!

O - This wonderful tweak to a classic presents a beautiful bouquet of lush dark fruit complexities so common to the quad style while bringing complimentary subtle vanilla notes from the toasted oak barrels and bourbon whiskey-like spice that equally compliments the Belgian yeast undertones. A bit thinner than it's counterpart, this version smells and tastes like it's heavier on the alcohol while remaining the same. Complex though much of the nuance to the beer is lost to the age, it's a fantastic beer nonetheless!

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color with bubbles clinging of the sides of the goblet.

Smell - In the aroma, dark fruits including prunes and currants lead the way. Further, the spiciness of the malts blends with notes of the alcohol.

Taste - At the beginning, I detect spicy smooth butterscotch, vanilla, and oak. This is a very easy drinking 10%. The spiciness lingers but the overall profile is mellow. In the aftertaste, the stickiness of the malts allows the profile to cling to the tongue with modest warmth.

Mouthfeel - Overall, this quad is thick enough to be described as sticky.

Overall - The cage broke when I tried to open the bottle. I had to use channel lock pliers to get the cork out. Aisde from this, I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch 6.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, candied fruit, tawny port, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with toffee, candied fruit, tawny port, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with fantastic smells and tasty but slightly oxidized flavors.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 12 - 91% Bourbon Barrels - 9% Cognac Barrels

A - Murky maple syrup color with floating yeasties. Very little tan head.

S - Sweet with dark fruits, figs & raisins, oak, brown sugar, spicy alcohol, light cognac notes.

T - Sweet malt with ripe dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, spicy alcohol. Cognac is more noticeable than aroma with light bourbon notes. Very sweet and boozy but it plays well together.

M - Full body with low carbonation. Slightly sticky and syrupy.

D - A bit boozy but I like it. The cognac adds a nice touch.

Photo of mdagnew
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown... according to the bottle this is batch 15 which was aged in Oloroso sherry barrels

Poured a mahogany red colour with lots of yeasty haziness. Creamy head poured loose and frothy and faded almost instantly to wispy covering... no real lacing to speak about...

Lots going on in the aroma... lots of rich oaky boozy notes mixed with sweet nuttiness - hints of almond and pistachio, toffee and treacle, very woody, musty, some overripe (rotten ?) fruits - apples and bananas, grainy malts, toasted (burnt) raisin bread, light smokiness, some chocolate, butterscotch...

Taste - Strong warming boozy soaked ripe fruits mixed with lots of spicy Belgian yeastiness, bready, very woody, musty, toasted nuts, vanilla, very light toffee sweetness, sweet treacle, some vegetal traces, anise - hint of cough medicine, burnt butter...

M&D - Fairly smooth and creamy... medium bodied... A little boozy to be very drinkable - this one is a real sipper

Overall - An excellent example of an oak aged brew... highly recommended although not sure if its worth the £10 or so i paid for it...

Photo of Big_Beers
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance murky Brown with red hues when held towards the light.

Smell-big candied fruit alcohol laced FIGS
also cherry

taste-candy covered fruit,a litte bit of a whisky note. Hardly any alchohol taste. this was my first time with this batch...cola and whiskey come through- barley wine characteristic. I much prefer the earlier batch with the exception of the white wine batch

mouth feels slightly carbonated smooth.

overall batch 8 is a delicious all around beer not as sweet as other batches
Great beer

Photo of peensteen
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 10 - 75% Malbec Wine Barrel 25% New Oak

Hazed ruby-brown colour, no head or lace at all. Smell is of red wine, oak, dark fruit, raisin and plums, vinious, rich malt and a bit of dark sugars, really nice nose on this. Taste is a bit of a let down compared to the nose but still quite nice, dark fruits, red wine and oak, yeast, plum and raisin with some dark bread, mild sweetness and some slight oxidization. Very light carbonation, medium-full body. This was quite tasty and the nose on this is incredible, would have liked more carbonation though, less carbonated than most of the style.

Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 11. Pour a murky mahogany with just an off-white skim of a head. Nose expresses figs, plums, a sugary character and booze. Taste consistent with nose, with the addition of some toasted notes and a hint of tart cherries. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, slightly still, with a light oiliness to the consistency; perhaps a bit thin for the style. Overall, another great La Trappe beer. Just wish it had a little more body.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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